India's First Indigenous Nuclear Reactor Starts Commercial Operation

1. KAPP-3 is a 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactor (PHWR) located in the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station in Gujarat, India.

2. It is the first reactor to be entirely designed and built in India, using indigenous technology.

3. The reactor's construction began in 2010 and it achieved criticality on July 22, 2020.

4. It was connected to the grid on January 10, 2021.

5. KAPP-3 started commercial operations on June 30, 2023.

6. It is the first of two 700 MW PHWRs being built at Kakrapar.

7. The second unit, KAPP-4, is expected to start commercial operations in 2024.

8. KAPP-3 will generate enough electricity to power around 700,000 homes.

9. It will help to reduce India's dependence on fossil fuels and contribute to the country's climate goals.

10. The commissioning of KAPP-3 is a major step forward for India's nuclear power programme. It demonstrates India's capabilities in nuclear technology and its commitment to clean energy.